Zamboni driver arrested for DWI at Apple Valley ice arena
A Zamboni driver at Hayes Arena in Apple Valley was arrested Monday night for allegedly driving drunk while resurfacing the ice during a youth hockey practice.
Apple Valley police officers responded to the ice arena at about 8 p.m. after receiving calls from people there that the Zamboni driver appeared to be intoxicated.
Upon arrival, officers observed the driver, a 34-year-old part-time employee of the city-run arena, struggling to maneuver the Zamboni off the ice, according to police.
Police say the man was unsteady on his feet and smelled of alcohol. He failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for DWI.
Charges have not been filed yet. The driver’s blood-alcohol level was tested Monday night at the Apple Valley Police Station, and the sample has been sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension’s lab for analysis.